The No. 15-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team shut out Ouachita Baptist 4-0 Tuesday on Senior Night at DeLoache Field.
The RiverHawks moved to 10-3-3 on the season, while the Tigers dropped to 7-9-0. The five seniors that were honored prior to the contest were Maxime Blanc, Jordan Ladbrooke, Jordon Smith, Bo White and Henry Wildenborg.
NSU outshot OBU by a 26-4 margin, and the home side got the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute when sophomore midfielder Josue Morales found the back of the net for the first time this season. He was assisted by the Schmoker twins, Adam and Jordan.
Sophomore defender Eric Crawford found his way onto the scoreline after taking a pass from White inside the six and drilling home the second goal of the match in the 47th minute. The play began when a corner kick found White on the far post. He sent the ball on the deck through the goal mouth, and Crawford was there to finish.
Freshman midfielder Joel Mendoza scored his fourth goal of the year in the 74th minute off a pass from freshman forward Crosby Lee, and White added his name to the party in the 86th minute when he scored his 11th tally of the campaign.
Ladbrooke (7-3-2) returned from a recent injury to record his 10th career shutout. OBU’s David Henley (4-8-0) saved nine shots and took the loss.
The RiverHawks will close out the regular season in Searcy, Ark., when the team meets Harding University at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
NSU has already qualified as one of four teams that will participate in the inaugural MIAA Men’s Soccer Championship Nov. 1-3 in Olathe, Kan.
In the first game of the night, the NSU women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 victory over Ouachita Baptist on Senior Night.
The RiverHawks (10-4-1) outshot the Tigers (9-6-0) 28-8, and the home side hit the double-digit win mark for the second straight year.
The five seniors were honored at halftime, and those were Ashley De La Rosa, Sibonet Quinones, Amanda Sircy, Rachel Sordahl and Hisa Turner.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening 40 minutes, but OBU struck first when Carrie Lieblong scored off a corner from Lauren Hatch. Lieblong got her head to the ball and it would trickle past the goal line before the RiverHawks could clear.
NSU would answer back just 30 seconds later when freshman forward Lindsey Latta put away her fifth goal of the season following a pass from freshman midfielder McKenzie Musella.
Junior forward Jennifer Clark scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute when a through ball from Latta sent her on a run into the box. Clark found daylight and beat the keeper on the near left post.
Quinones scored an insurance marker in the 75th minute off a tic-tac-toe inside the 18-yard box. Junior midfielders Kelsey Sheldon and Kaili Endres connected in the area, and Quinones sent a chip shot over the keeper for her second tally of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Maggie Kloza (6-3-1) earned the win following a two-save effort. Shelby Shephard (9-6-0) saved 10 shots for the Tigers but took the loss after allowing all three goals.
The RiverHawks still have an out-side shot at hosting an opening-round tournament game in the MIAA Championship. Their path will be decided following their two-match road swing this weekend. NSU will first head to Emporia, Kan., for a 4 p.m. match Oct. 26 with Emporia State. The team will then close out the regular season at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in Topeka, Kan., against Washburn.